Designing a home gallery wall can feel intimidating when you’re staring at a blank wall or an awkward space—the area above a staircase, a weird hallway corner, all that spare room around your TV—and you have no idea how to decorate it. Meanwhile, you’ve likely seen hundreds of gallery wall ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, and still, it feels like nothing will work in your space.
Putting together a gallery wall takes time and patience. Whether it’s a picture wall that’s filled with family photos or a display of equestrian wall art that captures your love of rustic horse country life, home gallery walls require curation, planning, measuring, and styling. But where to start?
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How do you curate a gallery wall?
If you’re wondering how to decorate large blank walls, first consider the room and space you’re working with. Is it the empty wall above your bed or an awkward corner? This will help determine the number of art pieces and the kind of wall decor ideas you’ll want for the space.
Pick Your Theme (Or Not)
Then, think about the subject matter and color scheme for your gallery wall. Eclectic gallery walls are fun and quirky if you have a large, mismatched wall art collection. But it can also be nice to create a themed gallery wall, where there’s a through-line that ties all the pieces together. (We love a themed gallery wall for people who have a specific passion, hobby, or collection they want to show off.) This could be a loose theme, like rustic-inspired artwork, or it could be a bit more literal, like an animal art gallery wall. A theme can also be as simple as choosing a color scheme—such as a collection of black-and-white photos or a series of paintings.
Land on a Layout
Finally, consider your gallery wall layout. Do you like the clean look of a row or grid of frames, or are you more into the idea of a mix-and-match arrangement that’s made up of different art placed a little more haphazardly? There’s no wrong answer—but different layouts will definitely give your gallery wall different vibes.
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For inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up our favorite gallery wall ideas that are easy to work into any style home or space. Check them out below, along with our tips for recreating a similar gallery wall look in your home.
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1. The Eclectic Gallery Wall
If you’re looking for simple gallery wall inspiration, this look is tried and true. An eclectic collection of wall art comes together to create a focal point on this large blank wall. There’s no defined grid with this gallery wall look, but the art pieces are all carefully spaced out, which keeps the collection from looking haphazard.
What To Hang: If you’re going for a more casual look, lean into the eclectic nature of a mismatched gallery wall and hang an assortment of different framed artwork. However, if you want a classic gallery wall look, curate your wall art around a theme you love. The grouping of pieces you choose will help elevate and set the tone of your space, as in the collection of horse paintings and outdoor-inspired prints in this rustic dining room. A good place to start is to choose pieces in similar styles or tie together a variety of art styles by using matching frames on all the pieces.
How To Arrange It: Begin with six pieces of art and build out your gallery wall from there. Center them on your bare wall in an arrangement to your liking. Opt for all rectangular frames to start. Vary hanging them horizontally and vertically, aligning them with each other while leaving space in between the frames to create some breathing room between all the art pieces.
We Love This In… dining rooms, hallways, and open living areas
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2. The Grid Gallery Wall
For a gallery wall arrangement that’s easy, straightforward, and high-impact, try a clean-lined grid look. It’s the simplest way to display art with a curated look, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it as long as everything is lined up nicely on one wall.
What To Hang: Abstract art, paintings in complementary colors, or even black-and-white photographs are all fair game here. It also depends on the room your gallery wall is in. For instance, you may want prints in soothing colors for the bedroom versus bolder, more vibrant artworks that can instantly punch up your living room’s walls. However, we love a themed collection for a grid gallery wall, like the botanical prints above. But regardless of theme, make sure to choose matching picture frames for a totally cohesive look.
How To Arrange It: The single most important thing you need to remember is to precisely space out this gallery wall layout. You want to make sure that the space between each piece of art is the same so that it creates a perfect grid of four or more pieces. Be sure you have a level here; it will help you get your measurements just right.
Want to add some extra formality to your grid and make it even more of a focal point? Hang a sconce above the grid to shine a light on your collection and make it feel more like a true art gallery. (Just make sure the lightbulb is rated for artwork.)
We Love This In… living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms
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3. The Diptych or Triptych Gallery Wall
If you want something that has the formality and structure of a grid gallery wall, but with a bit more simplicity, opt for a diptych or triptych gallery wall. (AKA a duo or trio of artwork that is stylistically connected and hung as a collection.)
What To Hang: Sometimes diptych or triptychs are sold together as a collection, which makes curating a gallery wall like this quite simple. But you can also look for pieces done by the same artist and part of the same collection, so they visually look the same. (We have a lot of these types of collections in the Modsy catalog!) You can also create your own collection by simply picking two or three pieces that have similar color schemes and are the same size, for a more personalized look.
How To Arrange It: Like a grid gallery wall, with a diptych or triptych, precision is key. Hang each piece the same distance apart, with all two or three pieces lining up in a neat row on your wall.
We Love This In… bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices
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4. The Corner Gallery Wall
Think of this gallery wall idea as more of a picture wall. It’s a mini art space within the home that’s entirely devoted to your favorite prints, paintings, photos, and wall decor. What we love most about this fresh take on the gallery wall is that it has an eclectic vibe that feels at once curated but also casual—meaning it’s something that can be worked into any style room or home.
What To Hang: The key to this look is to make it eclectic by mixing all types of art styles and mediums. By bringing together simple line drawings, colorful prints, graphic abstract pieces, delicate paintings, and artful photographs, you’ll create a corner gallery that captivates and adds depth and visual interest to your walls. Start with a colorful piece and then pull in other works that repeat colors from the previous piece. Do this until you have a collection you’re happy with.
How To Arrange It: Just like the art, you want to keep the layout and arrangement free-flowing. Unlike other gallery walls you’ve seen, you want to break out of the grid pattern here. You can do that by combining a mix of different size art, frame materials, and even frame shapes. Then, be sure to spread out your arrangement across two adjoining walls. Yes, you heard us right—two walls! This is a bold approach and the more pieces you hang across multiple walls in a room, the better your gallery walls will look.
We Love This In… hallways, stairwells, foyers, or reading and dining nooks
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5. The Wrap Gallery Wall
Have you ever wondered what to do with the wall behind your TV? Well, here’s one of our favorite gallery wall ideas that offers a stylish and practical solution. Once your TV is in place, you can arrange art around it. This helps to fill out the surrounding empty wall space, which would otherwise just be left empty and untouched. The result is a gallery wall that’s a focal point in a space like the family room.
What To Hang: Art pieces that are identical in sizes and similar in color and pattern will help create a cohesive look. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a series of framed art. If you want a more unexpected and eclectic look, you can play around with other wall decor ideas, such as woven baskets, wooden wall sculptures, or even tie-dyed fabrics in frames. Just be sure you have equal numbers of things and they all come together to create a balanced look.
How To Arrange It: With this gallery wall look, you’ll want to pull together at least six pieces of framed art. Using a specific grid pattern—based around your TV—will make your arrangement appear more controlled and purposeful. This gallery wall style is especially great in small spaces where you don’t want too much art on many different walls. This lets you direct focus and attention to one perfectly curated display that also lets you disguise and gussy up your more practical furnishings and objects.
We Love This In… family rooms, dens, and small living spaces
6. The Floor-to-Ceiling Gallery Wall
A floor-to-ceiling gallery wall is exactly what it sounds like—a wall of art that spans from the floor to the ceiling of a space. This tends to create quite a focal point, and it’s best for a large blank wall that doesn’t have any furniture pushed up against the wall.
What To Hang: This type of gallery wall is inherently eclectic, and therefore you can hang art of any style, shape, and medium. To play up the eclectic nature of a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall, pick a variety of art styles and subject matters. But consider using a limited color palette sot hat the arrangement isn’t too busy or overwhelming.
How To Arrange It: Choose a couple of larger pieces to anchor the whole arrangement, then fill out the wall with a variety of smaller framed art. There’s no need to be overly precise on how you hang it. You can space pieces closer together or further apart, without any particular alignment. Essentially, how you arrange this type of gallery wall is up to your own intuition and preferences!
We Love This In… hallways, entryways, or spaces where you can stand back and observe the art
7. The Off-Center Gallery Wall
If you’re using a piece of furniture to anchor your gallery wall, consider a quirky approach by hanging the collection off-center rather than directly centered over the piece. This more eclectic arrangement over a sofa, console table, or bed adds visual interest to your space—bringing the focal point away from the center of the furniture, making the art more prominent than the piece of furniture.
What To Hang: This eclectic arrangement looks best with a trio of framed art. It could be a related collection, like the pieces pictured above, or an unrelated trio. But three medium-sized pieces will generally fill the space best.
How To Arrange It: Use the center point of the furniture the art is hung above as a guide for the outer edge of your arrangement. From there, move the collection over to the right or to the left of the center, with the other edge going just past the end of the piece of furniture. Balance out the off-centered art with a lamp or a plant/tall vase and flowers on the other side of the tabletop or to the side of a sofa or bed.
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8. The Mixed Media Gallery Wall
A mixed media gallery wall is another take an eclectic gallery wall, but instead of just framed art, it also includes other wall hangings like mirrors, clocks, plants, tapestries, and wall sculptures.
What To Hang: This is one of the most personalized gallery wall styles, as it allows you to bring in a variety of wall hangings. So, bring in whatever speaks to you! To help ground the look of this eclectic gallery wall style, make sure all of the pieces fit together proportionally and aesthetically. (So, whether you go modern, rustic, industrial, or somewhere in between, keep all the pieces within the same general style for a visual through-line.)
How To Arrange It: It’s best to keep this type of gallery walls simple, with only five to eight pieces. This keeps the collection from feeling too random! It also helps to have one object as the centerpiece of the arrangement, so your eye knows where to land. (For example, the mirror in the image above!)
We Love This In… entryways, hallways, and home offices
9. The Stair-Step Gallery Wall
Make use of the wall space along your stairwell by creating a stair-step gallery wall! Hang your art in “steps” that gradually increase in height to align with your ascending staircase. This gives your stairwell visual interest, adding style to an often-forgotten stretch of wall.
What To Hang: A stairwell is a great place to display family photos, travel photos, or a collection of art prints. There’s no hard and fast rules for what to hang here—but since stair-step galleries tend to be evenly spaced, it helps to have all of your pieces in the same frame size for a uniform look.
How To Arrange It: The arrangement for this gallery wall is simple. Starting at the bottom of your staircase, hang a frame at eye-height, go up a few steps, and repeat all the way up your staircase, making sure each frame is evenly spaced, horizontally and vertically. The result is a simple stair-step design, as pictured above, with just a handful of frames on the wall. However, you could also do a floor-to-ceiling look here for something more dramatic! Just be cautious of any kids or pets who might be going up and down the steps to make sure heavy art pieces are safely secured, as staircases are a more high-traffic area where you tend to get closer to frames than other areas in your home.
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10. The Shelfie Gallery Wall
The best part about gallery walls is that whatever you ultimately choose to frame or hang is really up to you and what you like! Beyond art on the walls, consider wall decor ideas that are also functional. We especially love this shelving approach, which provides a chic twist to the whole idea.
What To Hang: Start by hanging two or three shelves, then use those as the canvas for your gallery! Stagger wall shelves over a sofa or a bed, or stack them on a stairwell wall, then prop and layer art on to them to create a more three-dimensional gallery wall. That also means none of the art has to be anchored to the wall, which makes it easy for you to rearrange and swap out pieces as you like. If you’re really at a loss as to what art to start with, go with some abstract prints in shades of a single color.
How To Arrange It: Varying sizes in your art and picture frames are key here. Try starting with two shelves and four art pieces. Lean larger artwork in the back and arrange the smaller pieces in front. As you get inspired by more gallery wall ideas, you can add more shelves and start to include other objects, like vases, candles, plants, and small sculptures, as a way to play up more visual variety and texture in your space.
We Love This In… apartment living rooms, tiny home offices, stairwells, or small bedrooms